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[pohst-pran-dee-uh l] /poʊstˈpræn di əl/
after a meal, especially after dinner:
postprandial oratory; a postprandial brandy.
Origin of postprandial
1810-20; post- + Latin prandi(um) meal + -al1
Related forms
postprandially, adverb Unabridged
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  • The wit and gaiety, the range and the emphasis of their postprandial conversation can be imagined.

    Vie de Bohme Orlo Williams
  • But she gave up brandy except as a very occasional chasse after the postprandial coffee.

    Mrs. Warren's Daughter Sir Harry Johnston
  • I will give you one or two examples of these postprandial inflictions.

    Gryll Grange Thomas Love Peacock
  • Cabinet Councils of "tabbies," assembling over their postprandial Bohea, declared they would none of him.

    Love's Usuries Louis Creswicke
  • He has the mellower outlook, a benevolent, postprandial regard.

  • Like the burden of our sins, the postprandial odor of them must be sometimes intolerable.

    Dealings With The Dead A Sexton of the Old School
  • The father alone did nothing, but still rested on his couch, perhaps indulging in a postprandial nap.

    A Crystal Age W. H. Hudson
  • None of them impressed me with a very high idea of English postprandial oratory.

British Dictionary definitions for postprandial


of or relating to the period immediately after lunch or dinner: a postprandial nap
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Word Origin and History for postprandial

also post-prandial, 1820, from post- "after" + Latin prandium "luncheon" (usually bread, fish, or cold meat, taken around noon), from *pram "early" (from PIE *pre-, variant of root per- (1) "forward, through;" see per) + edere "to eat" (see edible) + -al (1).

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postprandial in Medicine

postprandial post·pran·di·al (pōst-prān'dē-əl)
Following a meal, especially dinner.

post·pran'di·al·ly adv.
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